Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is injured again. An MRI revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the team announced Thursday, and his status for the remainder of the season is unknown:
INJURY UPDATE: @hornets F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had MRI revealing torn labrum in his R shoulder. Will be re-evaluated after All-Star break.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) February 11, 2016
Kidd Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, missed almost the entire season before finally making it back into the lineup at the end of January. He started seven games before this latest injury and scored a season-high 20 points the game before getting injured.
The forward was out for most of the season because he underwent surgery on this same shoulder for the same injury back in October of last year.
He’s out indefinitely at this time, and it seems likely his season is over once again.
One thing that’s worth noting is that when Kidd-Gilchrist originally went under the knife it was assumed that he would miss the entire season recovering. Perhaps in hindsight that initial timetable for recovery was for the best.
Charlotte (No. 8) is currently embroiled in the hot playoff chase, currently one-half game ahead of the Detroit Pistons and one-half game ahead of the Chicago Bulls.